Avast Free Antivirus Review – Avast is a veteran player in the field of cyber security, they deserve to get an Avast Free Antivirus review. They have been around for so long, it would be weird if there are people who haven’t heard about Avast. Their pieces of software are released for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. Basically, every popular operating system can run Avast. As of 2017, Avast had the largest market share in the world for antivirus applications.
There are a lot of pieces of software Avast has been releasing, in this Avast Free Antivirus review, we will focus on Avast Free Antivirus product. It’s free for non-commercial and home usage. The free version really is fascinating, you can get one of the best antiviruses on the market without paying a single penny. Now we’re going to discuss why this antivirus is one of the best and is it worth it?
Downloading the free antivirus
Downloading it, we’re already happy with Avast. It’s so simple and easy to download the antivirus, unlike some competitors out there who make it difficult to download their free antivirus. The download button is right on the homepage with a big button in the middle of the page. If you want to read some information regarding the product, you only need to scroll down. The software is also lightweight, it should take seconds to download it. It won’t take a big amount of hard disk space either. Read: 5 Types Of Computer Viruses
UI and Features
After done downloading, the installer tells us that it’s not a bloatware. There are options to disable certain additional features and addons that you don’t want. There are a lot of features you can exclude from the installation. There are 14 features that you disable. For more detailed explanations on what each feature does, you can consult on their website. If you can’t decide which features you actually need, Avast provides a pre-set for you to choose. And if you simply want the lightest antivirus possible to install, it’s safe to disable everything.
Avast also plays nice to competitors. Some antivirus will ask you to uninstall other antivirus products before you can install theirs. But Avast doesn’t have that problem. Avast will just install in passive mode, with real-time protection disabled. Avast won’t actively trying to protect your PC in passive mode but it will still able to scan and remove virus and malware.
The free version should be able to cover your PC from any malicious virus and malware ever existed. From the website, they state that there 14 main features and capabilities with their pieces of software and the free version has 3 of them available to use; block viruses and other malware, scan for Wi-Fi security weaknesses and secure your passwords. This is pretty good, since some competitors only allow the free version to scan you PC and nothing else. Wi-Fi Inspector is a neat little feature that will detect any vulnerabilities of your network. You can also see every device that is connected to your network. The password manager supports Chrome and Firefox, you can easily export your saved password and save new logins or password.
The Do not Disturb Mode is also available. For people who don’t want to disturb while using a full-screen application, this is very handy to have. It will block every notification or pop-ups, including Avast’s own.
The UI is nice to look at and should be easy enough to navigate. You will notice that some of the features have a ‘lock’ icon on top of it. You can’t use those features in the free version. The installation process takes about 5 minutes. No extra steps; no need to create an account or putting any of your details for the company. 100% hassle-free. If there is something that you don’t like, or want to change how the antivirus behaves, you can take a look at the settings.
The annoying part of Avast Free Antivirus is that, they’re actively trying to sell their paid software to you. There are reminders that you’re using the free version and that you should upgrade to premium versions. After you’re done scanning there is also a reminder that the premium version will work at an extra length to protect your devices. Many Avast Free Antivirus review will agree on this one. Fortunately, you can disable it in the setting.
Scan Avast Free Antivirus
In February 2018 AV-TEST conducted a test on Avast Free Antivirus. The software scored 6 out of 6 points in “Protection” category, detecting 100% of malware samples used in the test. With only one false alarm in more than 1.500.000 samples. No wonder this antivirus is very popular on the market. On the other hand, back in October/December 2018, SE Labs scored Avast pretty poorly. Avast placed 10th/14th. Each lab has their own method of testing and scoring. If we take a look at the overall result Avast is definitely at the top of the leaderboard. The final decision is always on you.
Scan times are pretty short. On your first launch, you can try Smart Scan. The scan only takes roughly 30-60 seconds. Sadly, Smart Scan can’t be customized. But you can customize the scale of your scans. You can scan specific folders or drives, entire system, or run a scan at next reboot before windows start.
The virus database also reportedly updated more frequently than most competitors. This ensures that the software able to detect and block new virus and malicious malware. As long as your device is connected to the Internet at all times.
- 100% free
- Easy to download and install, no need to dig deep into their website to find the free version
- Frequent database update
- Many extra features for a free version
- Lightweight and fast
- Have to be connected to the Internet at all time
- Annoying pop-ups and buttons to lure people into upgrade to premium version
- Lab testing scores are varied between great and bad
This amazing product will satisfy some people. While the others will feel the antivirus is lacking power and reliability. For us, we think that this antivirus is a great alternative that offers good protection for general users. This concludes the Avast Free Antivirus review.